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Coachella preview: Busy P

April 7, 2009 |  1:49 pm


Pop & Hiss will be covering the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., from April 17 to 19. There are more than 120 acts on the bill, but in the next couple of weeks, we'll be selecting some of the best bets -- some on the radar, some flying below.

: Busy P

Why you won't be able to wriggle your way out of the sweaty masses during this Paris tastemaker's DJ set: Better known to his friends as Pedro Winter, the dance music impresario helped propagate a dissonant-yet-danceable sound worldwide on his successful Ed Banger Records that marquee act Justice is riding all the way to the bank. And while Winter, who managed Daft Punk for 11 years, may not be the dizzying beatmaker that Mr. Oizo is on the relentless “Lambs Anger,” Busy P has more than a few followers.

Winter's tracks as a producer, such as the rolling, phased-out "Rainbow Man," are now staples of any electro-leaning DJ set. And newer songs, including 2008's "Pedropholia," show promise in advance of a forthcoming full-length. At the very least, his exquisite taste portends an intriguing debut disc, which is slated to drop sometime this year. But still, for Coachella, he'll have to steal some thunder back from the red-hot Institubes crew, two members of which are playing an unofficial Coachella party April 18 in Indio.

Busy P is no stranger to Los Angeles or even Coachella (in a Perry Farrell-esque coup, he played the festival in 2007 and 2008), but count on Winter to unleash loads of energy on April 19 during the day -- with a beat that pulses like Paris la nuit.

-- Charlie Amter

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